Backcountry Airstrip Group Names New Leader

Longtime pilot will lead RAF in protecting remote strips.

Carl Hicks

Carl Hicks

RAF’s Carl Hicks

We don't normally report here on personnel announcements from aviation non-profits, but this one is from a new association,**** the**** Recreational Aviation Foundation, whose reason for being is to protect and preserve backcountry strips, a mission we at Flying believe in strongly. The new guy, Carl Hicks of Gig Harbor, Washington, becomes the group's first executive director.

Hicks' background is as a pilot and in doing work on Capitol Hill to promote health care legislation for people suffering from pulmonary hypertension. The RAF gig should combine those two callings nicely. Hicks is a long time AOPA member and has flown many Young Eagles flights in his Cessna 180, a fitting ride for somebody in Hicks' new line of work.

If you're interested in being a member, check out the RAF site at